Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Media Cheat Sheet 10/10/2011

Commentary • I’m starting off with a great Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) about the “Cinderella story” of Daniel Shechtman’s chemistry research: Today, Mr. Shechtman’s observations have been fully validated and quasicrystals are beginning to have commercial applications. But his story is a reminder that a consensus of scientists is no substitute

Media Cheat Sheet 10/09/2011

Here’s today’s assessment of media coverage, issues and trends. I go through the papers so that the HonestReporting staff (and now you too) don’t have to. Commentary • Must-read: Amir Taheri (Asharq al-Awsat) persuasively asks if Palestine is a nation or a cause. He points out that neither Fatah nor Hamas describe themselves as “national”

Media Cheat Sheet 10/6/2011

Commentary • NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says Bibi is Israel’s own worst enemy, gives Bill Clinton a shout out. This particular snippet made my antennae twitch this morning: Some of my Israeli friends will think I’m unfair and harsh, applying double standards by focusing on Israeli shortcomings while paying less attention to those of other

Kristof Pleads Guilty to Double Standards

NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof pleads guilty to unfairly holding Israel to a higher standard. After saying that Palestinians in the West Bank should be allowed to vote in Israeli elections, Kristof explains: That’s what democracy means: people have the right to vote on the government that controls their lives. Some of my Israeli friends

Media Cheat Sheet 10/5/2011

Yesterday, I began blogging the daily media roundups I already prepare for the HonestReporting staff’s in-house use. It covers a lot of the issues, trends in coverage, and developments I see in the course of the day. Commentary • Brett Schaefer (National Review) says US should withhold funds from UNESCO if the organization accepts the

Media Cheat Sheet 10/4/2011

For as long as I’ve worked for HonestReporting, my primary job has been to go through the papers and send a daily roundup to the staff of what I see each day – a snapshot of developments and trends in coverage of Israel, along with my two-cent observations for in-house use. Since I’m looking at 39 papers, a ton

If Gilad Shalit Launched a Hunger Strike, Would it Make a Sound?

Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike to protest new Israeli restrictions intended to pressure Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. Palestinian hunger strikes are a great story with elements of individual protest, personal struggle and sacrifice, against faceless Israeli jailers. But let’s keep things in perspective. The restrictions we’re talking about deal with reduced family visits, less access to

Monday Morning Media Mix 10/03/2011

What to read before your work day begins? What Happened Before Nothing Happened? — Hillary Clinton kvetches that “nothing has happened” with the peace process. She might be be surprised at what’s “happened” since she first endorsed Palestinian statehood in 1998. Land Without Peace: Why Abbas Went to the UN — Debunking the media myth that Israeli

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